Teaching Classical Languages

Welcome to Teaching Classical Languages (TCL).
TCL is the peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to exploring how we teach (and how we learn) Greek and Latin.
TCL is sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).
All inquiries regarding this journal should be addressed to the editor Yasuko Taoka (Wayne State College NE) at tcl@camws.org.

Teaching Classical Languages 12.1

Welcome to issue 12.1 of Teaching Classical Languages. In this issue, in addition to our regular fare—scholarly articles on the teaching and learning of ancient languages—we will also include a feature story, highlighting the student voice. In this installment, Alicia Lopez, now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, shares how she pioneered a spoken Latin student group at her high school and offers tips on how others can do the same.

Features such as this are valuable in injecting new and fresh perspectives to the ongoing conversation on language teaching, and TCL welcomes the submission of features stories. Features may include first-person narratives, interviews, opinion pieces, and other writing that lies beyond the traditional purview of scholarly articles.

The core of TCL remains its articles on language pedagogy, and in this issue, we offer two articles (Dutmer and Keeline) on the history of language learning with implications on today’s pedagogy. The third contribution (Fradkin), in a linguistic vein, presents an alternative to our usual verb classification system which may aid students in recognizing and conjugating verb forms.

Table of Contents:


  • Latina Loquenda: a Regional Spoken Latin Program -- Alicia Lopez


  • Are You Smarter than a Sixth-Former? Verse Composition and Linguistic Proficiency in Victorian Classical Exams -- Thomas J. Keeline
  • Cornelia Vindicata: The Progressive Latin Curriculum at theUniversity of Chicago Laboratory Schools under Mima Maxey (1885-1965) and Marjorie Fay (1893-1977) -- Evan Dutmer
  • The DNA of Latin Conjugation or Latin Conjugation in a Single ‘Smart’ Principal Part or Regularity Hiding in Plain Sight -- Robert Fradkin